Welcome to Iowa! I have come across many people who have relocated to Iowa for various reasons. The one question I receive and see frequently is —what are the winters like? Until you experience it, it is hard to fully describe...
  We’re five months into the COVID-19 pandemic and there are no signs of it going away any time soon. (Related: wear your masks, please! It’s a simple, scientifically supported solution for slowing the spread). One of the things that has...
On a Saturday morning a few weeks ago, I texted a mom friend to see if she wanted to meet up at Dodge Street Coffeehouse. It opens early, has great coffee, and has a small play area, so it's...
It's February and we are in the depths of Iowa winter. When you choose to live in the Midwest you sign up for a roller-coaster of winter weather, for better or for worse. As a lifelong Midwesterner I can...
Iowa City is—in my humble opinion—the best place to love. If you are a couple celebrating your relationship in Iowa City this Valentine's Day, look no further than your own backyard for a few fun Valentine's Day date night...
It’s that time of year. No, not the most wonderful time of the year. For me, it’s the opposite. This is the un-festive part of winter, when all the cheerful December activities have been over for weeks and it’s...
During Hanukkah, I love setting aside a night for a traditional family dinner. In the midst of the noise and busy-ness of December, the table can be a quiet and light-filled space. Depending on the year, however, Hanukkah's timing can...
Dear First Snow Fall of the Season, Every winter, without fail, you manage to saunter your way into our lives with a blinding flourish. And every winter, without fail, I’m caught off guard. As the sun set last night on...
Looking to beat the heat, get out of the cold, or do something indoors to entertain the kiddos?  No matter what season of Iowa weather or motherhood, there are many options for indoor fun in the area.  Iowa City Locations Tot...
Count up your points for today, and tell us your score in the comments! Bonus points for achieving your high score before noon.  We have to survive this Polar Vortex somehow, right?   

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Guide to Coffee Shops in the Iowa City Area

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The Iowa City area has a great selection of locally owned, unique coffee shops and cafes. If you are looking for the perfect place...